“Just as ALI's Lift Inspector Certification Program provides independent qualification of an inspector's abilities, ANSI accreditation serves as third-party verification that ALI meets the highest internationally recognized requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services,” said ALI President R.W. “Bob” O'Gorman.“For those in the vehicle service and repair industry, the importance of ANSI accreditation is that it provides independent validation that the program's content complies with ANSI/ALI ALOIM, the standard covering lift inspection, operation and maintenance.
“ANSI accreditation is a big win for the hundreds of lift inspectors who have been working hard to improve and standardize the lift inspection process across the U.S. and Canada. For lift owners, accreditation provides greater confidence that the ALI Certified Lift Inspectors they hire are thoroughly qualified to carry out their duties,” he added.
A lift inspection conducted by an ALI Certified Lift Inspector includes a review of operator training and lift maintenance logs, in addition to the electrical and mechanical evaluation of the lift itself, ALI said. This is meant to ensure that nothing contained in the ANSI/ALI ALOIM standard will go unnoticed.
At the end of a comprehensive inspection, a label that shows when the inspection took place is applied to each lift that passes. This label makes it easy for health and safety officials to see if the lift's inspection is up-to-date, ALI said.
As a result of ANSI accreditation, the 2016 inspection label will bear ALI's ANSI accreditation number along with appropriate accreditation references, according to the institute.
The Lift Inspector Certification Program is the second ALI initiative to be accredited by ANSI, with the first being the Lift Certification Program, which earned accreditation in 2001. That program verifies that certified lifts have been tested to meet safety and performance requirements outlined in ANSI/ALI ALCTV, the national standard for lift construction, testing and validation.
Both of ALI's ANSI accreditations are recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), an organization that arranges for accreditations to be accepted across national borders.